County Manager – Coconino County, Arizona

Land of vast and endless beauty, home to many cultures is more than just part of Coconino County’s mission statement, but a glimpse of the beauty and richness of Coconino County. Located in the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, Coconino County is diverse, unique, deep-rooted, historic, sacred, and friendly. Nestled amidst North America’s largest stand of ponderosa pine trees, Coconino County provides Arizona residents and visitors with access to a myriad of scenic and year-round outdoor adventures, rich cultural experiences, and a healthy lifestyle. Flagstaff is a sophisticated four-season destination city with the warmth and charm of a small town bathed in spectacular natural beauty. The County is home to the Grand Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, San Francisco Peaks, and the Red Rocks of Sedona, among other unique natural features, and each year millions of visitors and hundreds of new residents are drawn to its welcoming communities, wide-open spaces, magnificent sunsets, and ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced local government official who has demonstrated leadership capacity interfacing with a broad range of departments and partners, bringing teams together, building trust, and investing in people and organizational culture to achieve success and partnership. The County Manager will collaborate with elected officials and department directors on the setting of strategic priorities and support departments to work together to achieve those priorities. The leader will assist in the implementation of strategies involving diverse staff and communities. The ideal candidate will be a strong transformative leader and support a strong sense of belonging as well as exhibit a commitment to professionalism and teamwork. Additional criteria for consideration are demonstrated success in a comparable or larger complex organization, interest, and desire to serve the needs of community, experience working with diverse teams, constituents and other governmental entities, and ability to function in a fast-paced, high-demand and collegial workplace. We are seeking a leader who can exert influence in a diverse and complex environment.

At 18,660 square miles, Coconino County is geographically the second largest county in the contiguous United States. With greater than four hours of travel time across the county, rural areas have diverse and unique needs that must be met with creativity and exemplary public service. Coconino County is a beautiful tapestry with a rich identity of indigenous peoples and ethnic settlers that inspire county employees to live and work authentically, bring their whole selves to work, and honor the diverse communities they serve. Collaborative, dedicated, hardworking, and innovative are just a few words used to describe the dedicated public servants who meet each opportunity with creativity and enthusiasm. From the ponderosa pine trees to the red rock and canyons, a strong sense of people, place, and stewardship bonds together those who are fortunate enough to call Coconino County home.

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For more information on this position contact:
Doug Thomas, Vice President, Executive Recruitment